Araneidae  Clerck, 1757 / Hypsosinga  Ausserer, 1871   5 species

Hypsosinga pygmaea  (Sundevall, 1831)

Description

Male palp with hook-like bent median apophysis. Epigyne with arc-shaped chitinous bulge on anterior margin. Prosoma black-brown, eye region and margin slightly brighter. Sternum black. Legs reddish yellow, unicoloured. Opisthosoma strongly bulged, black-brown with 3 white longitudinal stripes, mainly males (rarely) completely black, ventrally black with 2 bright longitudinal stripes.

Body length male: 3-3.5 mm
Body length female: 4.5-4.7 mm
Additional information

on grass and herbs of humid, sunny locations

Distribution
  Presence
  No data
Distribution comment: Record from Albania doubtful (Vrenozi pers. comm.), therefore removed
Global distribution (WSC 2019): North America, Europe, Turkey, Israel, Caucasus, Russia (Europe to Far East), Iran, Central Asia, China, Korea, Japan
Phenology
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Updates
16-05-2018 Distribution update Old value
30-12-2017 Distribution update Old value
15-12-2017 Image insert
20-05-2014 Distribution update Old value
15-10-2013 Distribution update Old value